Why FreeRTOS?

Hello fellow contest friends,

I've been playing around with the RDK and I think it is VERY cool. They really put a lot of stuff in there. Great for a contest, just wish it had more GPIO, but I've got the Future proto board to help and I've wired on some 595 S to P chips to help out. Love those SMT pads on the proto board.

My entry is a small weather station. Everything is coming along with temp, wind speed and direction, humidity, and a couple more. I just hope I get it done in time for the deadline. It's really coming quick, but that's ok. I don't see that anyput has submitted their design yet so I guess we will see a lot come in right before the deadline. I still need to adjust some code to make thing more linear and I need to work on my entry video.

So, my actual question is... why are people using FreeRTOS?? They do have an RX port, but are not giving away a prize for the contest? I tried rowebots, micrium, segger, and cmx before I settled on rowebots just because it seems uncommon and new and that my chance to win may be better, but I don't get why anyone would use FreeRTOS when that would exclude from winning a prize with one of the RTOS vendors? FreeRTOS really is just a fancy scheduler too. Compared to the other RTOS guys that are offering prizes in the contest, the contest RTOSes are much better featured. Just curious why. I don't mean to flame those who like FreeRTOS.

-Bill.

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  • Good points all. Thanks for the input.

    For me, I think I'll stick with the commercial RTOS for the contest. It'd be nice to win something commercial and have kicking around if I needed it, but I do totally get the open source aspect of the FreeRTOS. Of course, there's always eBay if I won it and decided not to use it.

    -Bill

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  • Good points all. Thanks for the input.

    For me, I think I'll stick with the commercial RTOS for the contest. It'd be nice to win something commercial and have kicking around if I needed it, but I do totally get the open source aspect of the FreeRTOS. Of course, there's always eBay if I won it and decided not to use it.

    -Bill

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